Hiking Up Diamond Head


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This is a picture of Diamond Head that I got off the Internet.  We drove in to the crater through a tunnel which is just off the right side of the picture.  We had no idea what was inside the crater.  What we found, besides a bunch of Army Reserve vehicles, was a state park.  The park's main attraction is the trail to the top of Diamond Head.  At the top is some abandoned Army lookout and gun emplacements.  The trail to the top was designed for mules and men back around 1914.  At the very top, you need to climb about 100 stairs, then walk through an unlit tunnel, and finally climb a spiral staircase about 3 stories.  This place is not wheel chair accessible.

This ended up being one of my favorite parts of our time on Oahu.  Mostly because we didn't know we were going to do it.  I love the unexpected.  We planned to go to Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor and some off-road stuff.  We just happened across this sign "Diamond Head Crater" as we were taking a back road to someplace else.  We ended up with the most fantastic views of Waikiki we could have imagined.

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About 2/3 the way up. The walk was constantly climbing, but not too much at this point.
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Shortly after this, we had to walk up 100+ steps, then through a dark tunnel, and finally up a long spiral stair case.
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At the top.
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The Diamond Head lighthouse.
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Hanauma Bay is on the other side of the little mountain over my head.
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We had no idea you could walk up to the top of here. It was quite a hike, but the view was well worth it.
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Our hotel was just 1/2 block past the park on the 3rd street back from the main road on the beach. Old Queens Beach and the jetty are right there at my man boob.
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Devouring Waikiki.
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The walk down was easy. Except for the fact there are no restrooms on the trail and no bushes to hide in.
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The path is quite well maintained. The railings are left over from the days when camouflage was draped around.
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The railings are also a good way for monkey boys to burn off any left over energy.
Visit to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial

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